Drug Defendant Asks Judge For Just One More Joint

CINCINNATI (November 15, 2012)--A judge's offer to allow an Ohio drug defendant a chance to stay out of prison if he'd give up marijuana may have gone up in smoke.

Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Melba Marsh said she was astonished by the response she got from Damaine Mitchell, 19, on Wednesday.

Mitchell told the judge he likes smoking weed and staying off it so he could stay out of prison would be "a challenge."

He told the judge he could try to quit but made a request; could he "at least get one more joint in?"

The judge quickly said no.

She wants Mitchell back in court next week before she decides what to do with his trafficking case.

A message left for Mitchell's attorney hasn't been returned.


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